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We don't have one but we will visiting family later this month and two of my Sils have them for their kids. I'm not crazy about the things to begin with but they don't follow safety rules. They let kids do all kinds of crazy flips and let multiple kids on at the same time jumping really crazy. Last time we went it was just my dd and she is introverted so she didn't want to go on with a bunch of kids anyway. I let her on by herself with me right there supervising.<br><br>
This time my ds will be there and he will want to go on if a bunch of kids are on there being crazy. I won't allow that but this is going to be so frustrating because he will be throwing fits to go on and everyone will call me uptight. I also can't let them just play in the fenced back yard without hovering with trampolines around.<br><br>
Do you allow your kids to play on trampolines? Do you have strict rules? I am just paranoid with just the kids by themselves on them. My ds is a little dare devil so that makes me even more nervous. He has no sense of fear. How do you handle trampolines?
 

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We have one of those giant trampolines iwth the net and my girls LOVE it. It's one toy they consistently play with every single day for the last year. My littlest was on it at 16months old and she has THE BEST BALANCE EVER now. She did bite it a few times with her sisters being maniacs bouncing right next to her but she wasn't truly bothered by it. I used to hold her hand until she got her balance on it and now she's almost 2 1/2 and she's just awesome on it. I let all 3 go on it at once but if they want to do flips and rolls, they need to be on solo or everyone needs to sit at one edge and give the jumper room for the trick. I supervise when they do that. But I do let the 9year old and 5 year old out in the backyard on their own and on the trampoline by themselves. They know if I EVER see the net unzipped with them bouncing, the trampoline is off limits for a WEEK minimum. Unacceptable. Safety first. But in general they care for each other and look out for each other so I really don't need to talk to them much about trampoline safety.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We don't have one but we will visiting family later this month and two of my Sils have them for their kids. I'm not crazy about the things to begin with but they don't follow safety rules. They let kids do all kinds of crazy flips and let multiple kids on at the same time jumping really crazy. Last time we went it was just my dd and she is introverted so she didn't want to go on with a bunch of kids anyway. I let her on by herself with me right there supervising.<br><br>
This time my ds will be there and he will want to go on if a bunch of kids are on there being crazy. I won't allow that but this is going to be so frustrating because he will be throwing fits to go on and everyone will call me uptight. I also can't let them just play in the fenced back yard without hovering with trampolines around.<br><br>
Do you allow your kids to play on trampolines? Do you have strict rules? I am just paranoid with just the kids by themselves on them. My ds is a little dare devil so that makes me even more nervous. He has no sense of fear. How do you handle trampolines?</div>
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I see your son is 18/19 months old....I would be beyond peeved if my family called me uptight for not allowing my ONE YEAR OLD to jump on a trampoline with a wild bunch of older kids doing flips and tricks.<br><br>
How could that possibly be safe?<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it. Just say no and be confident in your decision. If he wants to jump after the other kids are off, then give him a go if you are comfy with that.
 

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Well, two weeks ago yesterday my dh let my almost 4 year old up on the neighbors trampoline with three other kids. Next week we go back to the orthos to see if we can get his cast taken off, because he broke his leg. So now, yes, I am a paranoid freak around trampolines. He WILL NOT jump on one with other kids on it again.
 

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We have one, but it isn't set up this year (I've been lazy).<br><br>
Ours has the net enclosure, and I never allowed my toddler inside while his siblings were in. I never let him around it while they were in, either. I could totally see him walking underneath!<br><br>
I also don't let my oldest in with the youngers, b/c he gets too crazy.<br><br>
Otherwise, we think it's a great, fun thing.<br><br>
My dd did go in before we finished setting it up properly one year, and wound up getting xrays to see if she broke her nose (she didn't). But that's why they're not supposed to be in there before the padding gets set up!<br><br>
I recently broke my foot jogging down the stone walkway at home. Ds gets hit with pitches at baseball. My kids fall off their bikes. They climb trees and build rope swings. They have skateboards. And most of them sleep on bunkbeds.<br>
We do have safety rules to help minimize risk, but I have a hard time completely prohibiting any (age-appropriate) activity, especially when my very first broken bone was caused by a dash from the car to the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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No precaution or rules can guarantee safety but we can set guidelines for the kids when playing the trampoline. Limit the number of kids that can play on the trampoline. Do not let smaller kids join the bigger ones as they hurt might them. Make sure that everyone stops when someone is joining or leaving the trampoline. No toys or shoes inside trampoline. But the best thing to do is to check on them from time to time.
 

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I definitely wouldn't go for letting your kids on with the others. A friend of mine, trying to keep her dd safe, went on a trampoline with her and ended up breaking her dd's arm. And that's as an adult who's on the thing purely for the purpose of *avoiding* accidents. It's just very difficult to be completely in control of your movements and the effect they have on others while you're on a trampoline.
 

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We don't have one, but our good friends do. All out kids LOVE it. However, 3 weeks ago our best friends 5 year old had his elbow broken when a little girl fell on his arm on a trampoline. We now have a strict 2-child rule on the trampoline.
 

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We just got a trampoline. It's a 15 foot tramp with saftey enclosure. Our older two kids are in gymnastics. Only one person on at a time, with emclosure zipped closed. No shoes or toys. Mom or Dad needs to be out there to supervise.
 

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The orthopedic dr said that the problem is when you have more than one person on at a time. The trampoline is designed so you jump up and land on a flat surface, if someone else is jumping it can cause you to land on an angle. This is what happened to ds, he landed while someone else was jumping. There was a net and everything, but this does nothing to prevent someone getting hurt in the way ds did. I would suggest to never have more than one kid at a time.
 

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How accomidating are your kids' cousins. DD & DS are 2 of 19 cousins and I know that if there was a baby (your DS is a baby in our language) ALL of them would understand the need to behave differently around him. They would willingly get down on their hands and knees or just sit while he was on the trampoline. Will DS be enough of a novelty "item" that the cousins would do that? Most kids understand the different behaviour required around tiny kids and willingly cooperate.
 
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